Monday, 22 December 2008

Holiday Dinner Wrap Up

It's taken me a bit to get to this post. My camera cable was MIA.

So the dinner went through some last minute changes and ended up being at my tiny apartment. This meant that we had to dis invite some people and buy more glasses and plates. I also cut out a few of the planned dishes since there wouldn't be as many people to eat them.

See I wasn't kidding when I said it was tiny. I only have this tiny coffee table, so some of the dishes had to go on the floor. I also didn't have enough bowls for everything.

This is Bryanna's tenderloin. I also used the rosemary milk marinade she suggests. It took a lot of work. If you plan on making this, make the tenderloin ahead of time and freeze, then the day of will be minimal work.

Here are vegan dad's roasts. These were amazing!

The green been casserole, delicious as always.

My plate! Clockwise from the pumpkin dinner rolls, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes with sage and onion gravy, stuffing, seitan roast, tenderloin with the cranberries above it and the carrots in the middle.

And of course dessert. We had three kinds of dessert. This is the pumpkin brownies, which were awesome! Mine came out more like a chocolate pumpkin cheese cake, I don't know if that's because I used a slightly smaller pan or that's just the way they are, but I'd definitely make them again. We also had fudge, which was good and pumpkin pie. The pie was our friend's first attempt at vegan baking. It was really tasty, he even made his own pumpkin filling. Sorry, I didn't get a good picture of it.

Also, if you have any doubt as to how awesome this meal was, check out an old post where I show you how small my kitchen is. I made all of this with 1 mini oven and a counter top the size of a few books. It took a lot of time management skills on my part. I'll update the previous post crossing out the things I ended up not making.

Happy Holidays everyone! I'm off to the udon capital of Japan, Kagawa in Shikoku for Christmas.



herbivore said...

That looks a lot like my thanksgiving.

I made a pan of green bean casserole, and three people ate the whole thing in one night.

The pumpkin pie brownies look amazing!

Happy almost shogastu!

Laurie said...

Happy New Year, Pamela!
This blog has been a great find for me in 2008. Keep up the good work!
I had a question regarding udon/soba, though. I'm in New York, and can get hot soba or udon with a shittake-based dashi (it's hard, but you can find it). How about the stock in Tokyo? Is bonito really in everything as far as the eye can see?

Pamela & Sarah said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for reading!

Bonito (katsuo) or fish stock is very commonly used. To be safe always ask. What I usually do, is carry a small soy sauce or ponzu (vegan one) in my bag or car and just get the noodles with no soup and add my own at the table. That would be my advice.

Penny said...

Everything looks great. I'm going to be in Japan next week, perhaps we could cross paths? I'll be the blondie taking photos of her udon :)

Pamela & Sarah said...

Where will you be? We both live in the Osaka/Kyoto/Kansai area.

Penny said...

I would love to get together over some food (I've been researching for months!) I'll send an email!

Zoe said...

oh my goodness, your mini coffee table gave me a wonderful long laugh!! :D